South Washoe DEMS
September, 2019 Newsletter
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Monday, September 9, 2019

Talkin' Trash


Are you sure you recognize trash when you see it? Do you pause before the "green cart" and the "blue cart" and ask yourself, "Now, where does this @$%&* go?" Why isn't Styrofoam acceptable in our local recycling program? What about items that have a mix of materials? If it is biodegradable, is it acceptable in our program? So many questions!

Join us on September 9 and dump your doubts into the right cart! Kendra Kostelecky, Communications Specialist for Northern California and Nevada Waste Management, will separate the trash from the recyclables acceptable in our local single stream program. She'll explain the local program, the difference between what may be recyclable and what's acceptable in our local program and the current challenges facing recycling locally and nationally. Don't waste this opportunity to ask your questions.

Our monthly meeting location is at the:

South Valleys Library.
15650 Wedge Pkwy
Reno, NV 89511
[see map at Our Next Events page of the South Washoe DEMS website] 

There is no admission charge.  Our meetings start at 5:30 p.m. with a social time where we serve light appetizers. Donations are welcome to cover the cost of appetizers. Please invite your friends as we welcome both new and long time members to our meetings. We look forward to seeing you!
Our monthly meeting date is the first MONDAY of the month.SAVE the DATE: Monday, October 7th for our next meeting at the South Valleys Library on Wedge Parkway.
To suggest future topics, please email Carol Cooke and Kathy Peltier. 
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Notes from the Chair -
Let's Get Ready to Rumble!!

                We are single drips of rain,
                Falling silently into the dust,
                Offering scant promise 
                Of moisture to the thirsty land.

            But, together,
                We can nourish the Earth
                And revive its hopes and dreams.

                We are a thunderstorm.
                            ~Amity Gaige

Following August's climate change presentation by Barry Chernoch, the energy, passion and concern in our meeting room was palpable. Many SWD members expressed strong interest in taking action to combat this serious global challenge. Suzy Williams put forth the idea to form a committee to explore ways the SWDs could take on this problem.  We met, we brainstormed, we came up with lots of ideas for potential projects. 

Admittedly, global warming is a huge problem and it may seem like there's little that we, as individuals, can do to combat it. But as that little poem reminds us, that's not necessarily the case.  For example, each of us speak volumes with our grocery carts every day. Remember when it was almost impossible to find organic produce? Not anymore. Guess how that happened? 

There are so many things we, as individuals, can easily incorporate into our everyday lives that can make a difference. And the South Washoe DEMS want to be instrumental to doing just that. We are hoping that you would like to be a part of this inspiring new project that we are launching. (See Suzy Williams' related article on the Climate Champions Committee for more information.)

Anxious to get started? Luckily, this happens to be a passion of mine, and I have written numerous magazine articles that address this issue. I thought a good way to start this off would be to share a story of mine that first appeared in edible Reno Tahoe magazine, 30 Ways to Eat, Drink, Grow, Buy and Live Green. You can find it on this link. I encourage you to read it, select even just one thing you are not already doing, and incorporate it into your life. 

I'm also launching a program Meatless Monday Mavens, combining climate action with one of my favorite pastimes: FOOD! Check out the related article in this issue. 

Here's hoping you decide to be a part of our THUNDERSTORM. SWDs – let's get ready to RUMBLE!!!
- Barbara Twitchell, SWD Chairperson

Our New Climate Champions Projects – Saving the Planet One South Washoe DEM at a Time

South Washoe Dems is kicking off community projects to address the Climate Crisis. We held our first meeting, on August 21, 2019, of our Climate Champions' Committee – the CCC. We brainstormed simple and measurable plans that we could undertake as a group in the coming months. Our ideas fell into four categories:
  • Information 
  • Fund-raising  
  • Action 
  • Politics  
We are excited to say that our Information and Action components are already underway. 
  • INFORMATION: Please attend our September meeting for important and surprising information about recycling.
  • ACTION: Read Chair Barbara Twitchell's article on Meatless Mondays in this newsletter for a fun and effective way to help our planet now. Hint – it involves food
More action is coming. We have two subgroups looking into larger projects including partnering with local groups to encourage tree planting, recycling, energy efficient light bulbs, and shopping with reusable bags. No more plastics! Stay tuned for these action plans. We promise they will be easy and that our efforts will be more effective together.

As for fund-raising and politics, for the moment, we encourage you to keep climate change and the health of the earth and its human and nonhuman inhabitants in front of our Congressional representatives, our local officials, and the presidential campaigns. Much as our individual and group actions will help, it is political implementation of climate policies that will save the planet – literally. We encourage you to donate to an issue-oriented group that is working for the planet such as Sierra Club, Arbor Day Foundation, National Wildlife Foundation, League of Conservation Voters etc. If you are already doing that, thank you. 

If you would like to volunteer for our upcoming projects, be included in the committee, or have questions or suggestions, please e-mail
Suzy Williams
                                                                                                Suzy Williams

Meatless Monday Mavens – Unite! (or at least share)

There are few things I love better than food – especially good food! So, when I seek out ways to help the environment and mitigate global warming, I look at ways I can be a better food consumer (in every sense of the word!). 

Think I'm kidding? NOT! This is a real and significant way to change the world. Here's a very concrete example. Consider the huge negative carbon footprint of our meat-based diet. Experts tell us that if just one person opted to eat just one less burger a week, it would be the equivalent of taking a car off the road for 320 miles a year.  Amazing, right? And if the entire U.S. did not eat meat or cheese for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road ( 

So, let's make this a real movement – and let's make it FUN! I'm challenging any and all of you to join Meatless Monday Mavens or MMM, a group committed to giving up meat just one day a week. We're focusing on Monday because, well, it's easy to remember and I love alliteration! But you can choose any day you wish. 

And what better way to launch this new program than (drumroll please) a meatless potluck! I'll host it at my home. Each attendee would bring a meatless dish to share, along with a designated number of copies of the recipe. We'll laugh, we'll socialize, we'll drink (I'll provide the wine) we'll take a little taste of each person's offering – and hopefully we'll leave with some new recipes of meatless dishes we love!  Interested? Please contact me via email, and I'll send you all the info you'll need. 

Let's get ready to RUMBLE (and have a blast while we do it)!!!

                                                                             - Barbara Twitchell, SWD Chairperson

Fundraising and Community Opportunities

House Party for Julian Castro Campaign 
Come learn about and support Julian Castro, Candidate for President, at a house party in Pleasant Valley.

 Date   Tuesday, September 10, 2019
 Time   6:00 pm  
 Location   The home of Suzy and Reed Williams   Reno, NV 89521
 RSVP Appreciated   Suzy Williams 
 Suggested Donations   All Contributions Welcome
  Julian Castro for President
  (Contributions are not tax deductible.)
 Campaign Website
Meet & Greet Fundraiser for Clint Koble  
Clint Koble is running for Congressional District 2! Come meet him at this fundraising event at the Kladney's in Galena Forest. 
 Date   Sunday, September 15, 2019
 Time   4:00 pm  
 Location   The home of Debbie and David Kladney
  905 Joy Lake Rd
  Reno, NV 89511
 RSVP    Email via Debbie Kladney, or 775-846-1724
 Suggested Donations   All Contributions Welcome
  Clint Koble for Congress
  (Contributions are not tax deductible.)
 Campaign Website
Celebration of Life for Dorie Guy, former WashoeDEMS Chair
Please join Dorie Guy's family for her Celebration of Life. Dorie served 2 years as vice-chair and 2 years as chair of the Democratic Party of Washoe County. Dorie also worked tirelessly with other nonprofit organizations in the community. 
 Date   Sunday, September 1, 2019
 Time   2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  
 Location   Sparks Recreation Building
  98 Richards Way
  Sparks, NV 89431
 Dorey's Obituary

News from the WashoeDEMS 

Highlights on the WashoeDEMS' Calendar 
  • Washoe Dems Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 6:00 PM. Social hour begins at 5:30 PM, Julia Ratti is the guest speaker
  • Debate Watch Party: Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Special Washoe County Central Committee (WCCC) Meeting:  Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 6:00 PM. Check-in begins at 5:30 PM, Location is Washoe Education Association, 1890 Donald St, Reno, NV 89502
  • NV Dems is conducting phone banks every Tuesday and Thursday for the 2020 Caucus, 3:30 PM-7:00 PM at Washoe DEMS HQ;  contact Jake Fineman at 

Countdown to the 2020 Election

Mark you calendars for these important 2020 election-related dates.
  • Nov 30, 2019: Voter registration deadline for Virtual Caucus 
  • January 1 - 15, 2020 - Preregister for the Virtual Caucus 
  • February 15 - 18, 2020 (Saturday - Tuesday) - Early Vote Period  
  • February 16, 2020 (Sunday) - Virtual Caucus Day #1
  • February 17, 2020 (Monday) - Virtual Caucus Day #2
  • February 22, 2020 (Saturday) - Nevada Caucus 
  • April 18th, 2020 (Saturday) - Washoe County Convention 
  • May 30, 2020 (Saturday) - Nevada State Democratic Party State Convention, Las Vegas 
  • June 9, 2020 (Tuesday) - Primary elections  
  • July 13-16, 2020 - National Democratic Convention Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
  • November 3, 2020 (Tuesday) - Election Day & Victory Party
Further reference for 2020 Elections dates, click here

Did you know?
New Opportunities for the Nevada Caucus 2020


We've been including the important 2020 election-related dates for a few months now, but did you know about the two new additional ways to participate in the Nevada Caucus? These changes enable our Caucus to be more expansive, accessible and transparent. Here are the 3 options to participate in the 2020 Caucus: 
  1. Caucus with neighbors in your precinct on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Caucus locations will be announced by January 15, 2020. New Democratic voters can register to vote at their Caucus Day site. 
  2. *New* Vote early IN PERSON at any site in Washoe County on any of these days: Saturday, February 15 - Tuesday, February 18. Early Vote locations will be announced by October 1, 2019. New Democratic voters can register to vote at any early vote site. 
  3. *New* Vote virtually BY PHONE from your home's landline or your cell phone on any of these days: Sunday, February 16 or Monday, February 17, 2020. You must be registered to vote as a Democrat by November 30, 2019 to participate in the virtual caucus.
Nevada is the first Western state and the third state in the nation to participate in the presidential nominating process. Please mark your calendar for the 3 option to make your choice for Democratic presidential nominee.

You must be a registered Democrat to participate in the Nevada Democratic Caucus. Please update your voter registration information by visiting You can register to vote the same day at any early vote site or Caucus Day site. 

Please participate in the 2020 Nevada Caucus!


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South Washoe DEMS Book Club
Note New Location

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm hosted by Fred and Millie May. Their home is located in Damonte Ranch at 2455 Makenna Drive, Reno NV 89521. To let the Mays know you are coming, please email them. 

Our next book is The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough.
Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story—the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country.

As part of the Treaty of Paris, in which Great Britain recognized the new United States of America, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. A Massachusetts minister named Manasseh Cutler was instrumental in opening this vast territory to veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families for settlement. Included in the Northwest Ordinance were three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and most importantly, the prohibition of slavery. In 1788 the first band of pioneers set out from New England for the Northwest Territory under the leadership of Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam. They settled in what is now Marietta on the banks of the Ohio River.

McCullough tells the story through five major characters: Cutler and Putnam; Cutler's son Ephraim; and two other men, one a carpenter turned architect, and the other a physician who became a prominent pioneer in American science. They and their families created a town in a primeval wilderness, while coping with such frontier realities as floods, fires, wolves and bears, no roads or bridges, no guarantees of any sort, all the while negotiating a contentious and sometimes hostile relationship with the native people. Like so many of McCullough's subjects, they let no obstacle deter or defeat them.

Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. This is a revelatory and quintessentially American story, written with David McCullough's signature narrative energy.
The book is available in hardback, paperback, eBook and audio from your local or online bookstores.
For more information about our current book, a list of articles, and past books we have reviewed, visit our Book Club webpage.

Save The Date...

  • September 3rd - Monthly WashoeDEMS Meeting
  • September 9th - Monthly SWD Meeting
  • September 17th - Special WCCC Meeting
  • September 19th - Book Club
  • September 22nd  – Record Street
  • October 7th - Monthly SWD Meeting